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Important information regarding visa appointments and processing

Visa Appointments:

High demand for visas during peak travel times and the need to take additional steps to ensure the safety of the traveling public is likely to result in periodic increases in the wait time for visa appointments. The information below is updated on a weekly basis.

  • Average length of time to obtain an interview appointment for a visitor (B1/B2) visa: click here.

  • Average length of time to obtain an interview appointment for a student (F, M) or exchange visitor (J) visa. (see below for emergency appointment procedures for students who must report to school within the next two weeks). click here

  • Average length of time to obtain an interview appointment for all other categories of nonimmigrant visas: click here

You may also click here to find out which days have appointments available for your visa class.


All appointments for visa interviews at the U.S. Consulate General Kolkata, are made via the Internet at http://www.vfs-usa.co.in



Visa Processing:

Visas are returned to applicants by courier via our service provider - VFS(India) Pvt. Ltd. The average amount of time it takes to process a visa and return it to the applicant following an interview, after determination by the consular officer that the visa will be issued is three to four days.

All U.S. consular sections in India are working to ensure that appointment wait times are kept to a minimum. Persons anticipating traveling to the United States this summer are encouraged to apply early.

If you wish to request an emergency appointment, please email the U.S. Consulate in Kolkata: Kolkataevisaapt@state.gov.  Please include the name(s) of the applicant(s), contact information including mobile phone number, and the nature of the emergency.  

Click this link to know more about VISA WAIT TIMES